Keloids are raised, thickened areas of skin that form as a result of abnormal healing of a wound or injury. They are more common in people with darker skin tones and can occur anywhere on the body, but are most commonly seen on the chest, shoulders, and earlobes. Keloids can be aesthetically concerning for some individuals, and in some cases, they can cause itching or discomfort. They can also limit the range of motion if they form in areas such as joints. The exact cause of keloids is not fully understood, but genetics and certain skin injuries or surgeries may increase the likelihood of developing keloids. Keloids can be difficult to treat and may recur even after successful treatment. Patients with keloids may benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, which may involve the expertise of one of our board-certified dermatologists.


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